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June 2015 Archives

Understanding fathers' rights in Dallas (part 1)

In Dallas today, perhaps more so than at any time in the past, it's become increasingly common for the rights of unmarried fathers to come into question. This is due in part to a rising level of awareness of fathers' rights among unmarried men, and a willingness to try to enforce those rights through the Texas legal system.

Addressing retirement benefits during property division (part 2)

Thanks to the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Dallas residents can divide their retirement plans during a divorce. Texas' community property laws treat these assets just like any other in the divorce process. But it's necessary to obtain a specific type of court order before this can be accomplished, and it's often an issue with which the assistance of a legal professional comes in handy.

Addressing retirement benefits during property division (part 1)

Last week on our Dallas family law blog, we began discussing retirement benefits -- specifically Social Security retirement benefits -- in the context of property division. This is something that may not initially strike couples as a major consideration in the divorce process. Couples are likely more focused on more immediate and tangible assets like a house, and issues surrounding child custody, alimony, and so on.

Can someone collect Social Security on an ex-spouse's record?

A divorce is the end of a marriage, but it isn't necessarily the end of all legal relationships between the spouses. If the ex-spouses have young children, there will be child support and child custody obligations. For some ex-spouses, there may be alimony obligations. The legal ramifications of a dissolved marriage may even affect Social Security benefits when an ex-spouse retires.

Seeking a protective order for Dallas residents (part 2)

Once a person has made an application for a protective order, the court will schedule a hearing, typically to be held about two weeks out from the date of the application. The idea of attending this hearing can be a frightening prospect for victims of abusive partners, whether they are married or unmarried couples. Let's take a look at what you should know and what you can to do prepare for the hearing, according to the Texas Attorney General's website.

Seeking a protective order for Dallas residents (part 1)

Let's continue the subject of our last few posts by delving into the actual process of applying for an order of protection. There are a number of questions Dallas residents will be expected to answer, and important points they should understand. We present this as general information only, not as specific legal advice.